Trump and his White House have made some embarrassing spelling mistakes — here are the worst ones

President Donald Trump once said that he has "the best words."

As it turns out, many of those words are misspelled.

Since Trump won the presidency in November, he and his team have published a surprising number of official communications that contain typos, spelling errors, and word misusages.

Here are some of the most famous examples:

Current White House spelling errors
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Current White House spelling errors


President Trump's most infamous typo occurred in December, when he described the Chinese seizure of a US Navy drone as an "unpresidented act."

After the spelling miscue was widely mocked online, Trump deleted the tweet and replaced it with a correctly spelled version four hours later.

"Honered to serve"

Trump's presidency got off to a rocky start, orthographically speaking. Just a day after assuming the office, the president tweeted that he was "honered to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!"

After Twitter users not-so-kindly pointed out the botched spelling of "honored," Trump deleted the message and reposted it with the correct spelling.

"No challenge is to great"

Trump's official inauguration poster contained a glaring usage mistake, albeit one that plenty of English speakers struggle with.

"No dream is too big, no challenge is to great," the text on the poster read, superimposed over a picture of a beaming Trump.

It should have said "no challenge is too great." The fact that the first part of the sentence contains the correct too suggests this mistake may have been a simple typo. Nevertheless, the blunder was roundly criticized, and reflected poorly on Trump's inexperienced team.

"W.E.B. DeBois"

The Department of Education got in on the action when it published a tweet honoring W.E.B. DuBois, the civil-rights activist and historian who founded the NAACP.

The only problem was it spelled his name "DeBois."

In a follow-up tweet, the department apologized for the mistake, which paved the way for another embarassing typo …

"Our deepest apologizes"

Twenty-nine minutes after misspelling W.E.B. DuBois's name, the Education Department attempted to atone for its orthographic blunder, but ended up making things worse.

"Post updated - our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo," the department said in a new tweet.

Suffice to say, the goof didn't reflect well on the department. Critics aimed their ridicule at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was narrowly confirmed a week earlier after a contentious debate in the Senate.

"Attaker,' "San Bernadino," "Denmakr"

In February, the White House released a list of 78 terrorist attacks it said went "underreported" after Trump said journalists were ignoring terrorist attacks around the world.

The list was problematic for several reasons — one of them being that many of the incidents on the list had been extensively covered by the media.

But the presentation of the list earned some disapproval as well. 

About halfway down the list, the word "attacker" suddenly morphed into "attaker," which appeared more than 20 times. The list included the terrorist attack in "San Bernadino, CA," a misspelling of San Bernardino. And at one point Denmark is spelled "Denmakr."

Critics blasted the White House for publishing the hastily prepared list — and for not using a spell-checker.


Denmark wasn't the only country whose name the White House would bungle in February.

The readout of Trump's call with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos contained an unfortunate spelling gaffe — it said "Columbia" instead of "Colombia."

The Columbia/Colombia mix-up is well documented among English speakers, so the White House isn't alone in making this error. What's confusing is that the White House managed to spell the country's name correctly at least two other times in the same readout.

"Teresa May"

Back in January, the White House misspelled the name of British Prime Minister Theresa May three times in the official schedule of May's visit to the US.

Making matters worse, the particular spelling the White House chose, "Teresa May," happens to be the name of a British porn star.

"Thr coverage … gas been so false and angry"

This head-scratcher from January had critics wondering whether Trump proofread his tweets at all before launching them into the Twittersphere.


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